President may have survived no-confidence vote but faces possible criminal charges and ANC riven with politicking over succession
In voting to defeat a parliamentary motion of no confidence in Jacob Zuma, African National Congress MPs have merely postponed the president’s day of reckoning. The internal party battle to succeed the weakened and unpopular leader is likely to intensify, while South Africa’s chronic economic problems and public disillusionment with the ANC, in power since 1994, seem certain to grow.
Zuma’s survival could be short-lived. He is immersed in spiralling allegations of corruption, mismanagement and personal financial wrongdoing. One of the most notorious is the 2010 purchase of a family home on the exclusive Waterkloof Ridge, overlooking Pretoria. Leaked documents suggest part of the the 5.24m South African rand (£300,000) used to purchase the property came from the Gupta business empire, which is at the heart of the “state capture” scandal.